Rabbiteye Blueberry Bushes are an excellent berry because it is so full of flavor
It is superior because its name the rabbiteye blueberry it is named that because it looks like an actual rabbit’ s eye. Many wildlife animals also love this type of berry, so sometimes you may have to beat them to it! This plant is a fast grower and loves to be staked up. When this plant is smaller, and you are looking to get a good stable plant the best way to achieve that is by planting the plant and staking it up with a short stick, twig or an actual stake. You can tie it to it, and the blueberry will be trained to stand tall and branch out.
Rabbiteye Blueberry Bushes, Vaccinium Virgatum, are also known as small flower blueberries or southern black blueberries
A deciduous shrub, the Rabbiteye blueberry grows from three to six feet tall and about three feet wide. These plants require little pruning and maintenance. Cultivated Rabbiteye blueberries mature in seven to eight years and live up to 25 years. Leaves are spirally arranged and approximately three inches in length. They are reddish-bronze in spring, turning dark green later in the season. In autumn, foliage leaves turn bright orange or red. These plants have shallow, fibrous roots.
Rabbiteyes bloom in early spring. The bell-shaped, white flowers are affected by chilling hours, which are the number of hours below 45 degrees. They are approximately five mm long. Some Rabbiteye varieties are very early blooming and are subject to frost damage. The fruit is initially pink, thus the name Rabbiteye. The pink fruit develops into a dark blue to black, round berry with a blue-gray wax coating. The sweetest berries grow on the first shoots produced the previous year. Older, wooden canes produce small, poor quality berries. Younger canes produce more abundant, better quality fruit. Pruning maintains plant vigor, though this plant does not require a great deal of pruning. The shrubs are strong, and the canes support heavy crops. One bush may produce 15 pounds of berries. A well-tended acre produces up to 9,000 pounds of berries. Adequate water is necessary to get good product yields. Prized for their antioxidants, these edible berries are used in many recipes, including sauces, bread, muffins, and pies.
Rabbiteye Blueberry Bushes have few insect or disease problems, but wildlife and birds like the berries
These plants grow in Zones 7-10 in the United States and are native to the southeastern states. They grow in acidic, well-drained soils from 4.0 to 5.5 in pH. They will not tolerate alkaline soils and are sensitive to sodium. Due to the plant’s shallow roots, drip irrigation might be considered in sandy soils.
They are heat-tolerant and also tolerate below freezing temperatures if properly mulched.
Rabbiteye Blueberry Bushes